On Monday I flew into the airport in Milwaukee and drove over to Racine where the 2013 F16 National Championship is going to take place. I spent my first day here rigging the boat from the ground up as I previously had to take it completely apart to load it into Red Gear Racing's trailer. On my second day I finally hit the water and was greeted by icy chills when we pulled the boat down the launch ramp. The one thing I will never get used to here is the how cold Lake Michigan's waters are compared to Florida's. It is definitely a necessity to have cold weather gear here year round. Racing starts Friday and it looks as though we are going to have a competitive fleet here that consists primarily of youth sailors but also some veterans who have countless nautical miles under their belts. It'll be interesting to see how this weekend plays out!